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As far as miniseries go, HBO has a definite corner on the market. I stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish The Night Of, and tried to convince everyone in my group chats to watch John Adams as soon as humanly possible. I’ve never met a miniseries I didn’t like, but there is on that goes above and beyond. Band of Brothers is by far one of HBO’s best offerings and even one of the best shows ever to grace the small screen. If you haven’t seen it, you need to watch it, and then watch it again, and again, and again.
I know there is a good part of the population that hates rewatching things. You’re a ‘one and done’ crowd and I can respect that, but I’m begging you to make an exception. In general, repeating a show can be a little boring. You know what’s going to happen and you remember dialogue and scenes. Band of Brothers is so well done that each time you watch it you pick up on little nuances you missed before. I’ve seen the series about twelve times at this point, and I still learn something new each time I hit play. Plus, it’s just really fucking good.
Because it’s a miniseries and only has ten episodes, it’s easy to replay. I once tried to rewatch Mad Men from start to finish and it felt like a full-time job. TV shows with multiple seasons are time-consuming, ten hours of enthralling combat, anticipation, and touching storyline is doable.
Did you have to take a sick day from work? Start up the HBO static screen in the morning and be done by dinner time. Want to have a heartfelt Veterans Day? Queue of BoB and get ready to feel the most intense patriotism. Even if you don’t have a big chunk of time to give up for a binge sesh, every couple of months just watch an episode a night for a week and a half. I personally have a system that if it rains on a Sunday and I have nothing to do, I try to knock out at a minimum four episodes.
Even if you’re not a big wartime historical drama person, anyone can appreciate the character development and cinematography. It’s emotional involvement at its highest point. When Gonorrhea lost his leg in The Battle of the Bulge, I cried for days thinking about it. That’s good television. Every time you watch, you can form a new emotional connection with a different character. The last time I repeated the series, I got super involved with Moose’s episode and his escapade behind enemy lines.
We all know how the story ends – there’s no twist where America doesn’t win the war, but the suspense is still there. I had no idea about tactical strategy and what battles resulted in what victories, so there are still some things to be learned. Some people have told me that I need to switch it up a bit and put on The Pacific instead, but this is a senseless suggestion. It’s a good series overall, but it’s not in the same league as BoB. I’m ride or die for Major Dick Winters and Spielberg’s depiction of the Pacific theater doesn’t pack the same punch as the boys in Europe.
I can say with full confidence that every true American should see Band of Brothers at least three times. I’ve actually heard part of the U.S. citizenship test has trivia from the show on it. I’ll never forget the first time I watched the whole series, but each subsequent watch was still a religious experience within itself. I want everyone to partake in this television high. Take my advice, drop what you’re doing right now, pull up Season One, Part One: Currahee and enjoy the ride. You can thank me later.
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